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Obituaries from the Richlands News Press for Feb. 6

Obituaries from the Richlands News Press for Feb. 6

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Joan Carol Justice Ball

Joan Carol Justice Ball, 68, of Stokesdale, NC, Rockingham County, died January 28 at Wesley Long Hospital.

A native of Russell County, she was born December 10, 1939, the daughter of the late Winford and Helen Whitt Justice. She was a member of Calvary Church and retired from Bojangle’s.

Survivors: husband of 49 years, Herby Ball; children, Rhonda Brunette and husband, Michael, and Dwayne Ball and wife, Susie, all of Greensboro, Lori Fendley and husband, Don, of Stokesdale; sisters, Phyllis Miller of Thomasville, Joyce Harmon of Swords Creek; brothers, Earl Justice of Henrico, NC, Carl Justice of Homestead, FL, Michael Justice of Rosedale, Larry Justice of Chuckie, TN; grandchildren, Chris Brunette, Amanda Brunette, Jaide Fendley, and Kody Fendley; and two great grandchildren, Ashleigh Brunette and Carsyn Brunette.

The funeral was held at 1 p.m. January 31 at Forbis & Dick Brooke Chapel with Rev. David Crabtree and Rev. Greg Harmon officiating.

Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Church, 1665 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Greensboro, NC 27409.

Thurman Ball

Thurman Ball, 65, of Belfast, died February 2 at Maple Grove Health Care Center following an extended illness.

Born on August 25, 1942 in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Clarence Burns Ball and Hattie Pearl Kennedy Ball.

He attended the Belfast Full Gospel Fellowship Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Ball.

Survivors: brother, Larry C. Ball and wife, Janice Maydean, of Belfast; nephew, Larry Lee Ball and wife, Gay, of Belfast; great niece, Amber Honaker and husband, Micheal; and great nephew, Bradley Ball.

The funeral was conducted at 11 a.m. February 5 at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Danny Altizer and Rev. Tim Lester officiating.

Burial followed in the Reynolds Cemetery at Kents Ridge.

“Sweet Georgia Brown”

Georgia Alice Brown, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” 89, of Tazewell, formerly of Grundy, died January 31 at Heritage Hall Health Care Center in Tazewell.

Born May 14, 1918 at Clover Fork, KY, she was a daughter of the late Harvey and Mary Almedie Whitt Flanary.

She was a member of the Tookland Pentecostal Holiness Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Linsey Brown; one daughter, JoElla Brown Hall; one son, William Harold Brown; one sister, Clercie Breeding; five brothers, Noah Flanary, Mark Flanary, Allen Flanary, William Flanary and Harvey Flanary, Jr.; and one half sister, Audrey Morris.

Survivors: sons, Larry M. Brown and wife, Margaret, of Tazewell, Bobby D. Brown and wife, Cathy, of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; grandchildren, Julie Brown Lough, Martin L. Brown, Amy G. Hall and Brea Faircloth; sister, Beulah Moore of Appalachia; half sister, Cordelia Collier of St. Charles; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held February 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell with the Rev. Bob Brown and the Rev. Johnny Flanary officiating.

Graveside services and interment were conducted at 1 p.m. February 3 at the American Legion Cemetery in Big Stone Gap.

Diane Sue Cooper

Diane Sue Cooper, 63, of Tazewell, died February 2 in a Bluefield, WV, hospital.

Born August 26, 1944 in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Barbara Alford.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Barbara Lou and Delane Sue Sahagun, and one brother, Jimmy Alford.

Survivors: daughters, Loretta West of Claypool Hill, Barbara Ruth Matney and husband, Tim, of Abingdon; brothers, Jerry Alford of Cleveland, OH, Larry Alford of Jonesville; sister, Rosalie Howard of Cleveland, OH; grandchildren, Kelli Laine Mitchell, Grace Matney and Samantha Matney; and great grandchild, Skyler Joseph Mitchell.

Graveside services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. February 5 at Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill with Timothy Blake Gibson officiating.

Singleton Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Ray Dunford

Bobby Ray Dunford, 68, of Lenoir, NC, died January 31 at Gateway Nursing Center in Lenoir, NC, following a short battle with lung cancer.

Born August 20, 1939 at Warriormine, WV, he was a son of the late Rufus and Mamie Folemer Dunford.

He was a United States Air Force veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Strum, and two brothers, Jimmy Dunford and Carl Dunford.

Survivors: wife, Della VanDyke Dunford, of Tazewell; daughters, Lesa Dunford Lowe of Connelly Springs, NC, Chere Dunford Hamby of Lenoir, Tina Dunford Asbury of Catawba, NC; sisters, Peggy Woodward of Lenoir, Stella Louise Dye Dunford of Tazewell, Christine Hagerman Dunford of War, WV, Carol Lacks of Hampton; brothers, Fred Dunford of Newport News, Dave Dunford of Williamsburg, Luther Dunford of Hampton, Anthony Dunford of Adairsville, GA; and five grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. February 4 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Dr. Donald Gant officiating.

Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Thompson Valley.

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Raymond (Pig) Griffith

Raymond (Pig) Griffith, 77, of Bluefield, WV, died peacefully February 3 in a Bluefield, WV hospital.

Born January 25, 1931 in St. Paul, he was the son of the late James Howard and Eunice Jane Sisk Griffith.

He was retired from Norfolk and Southern Railroad and was a member of Woodsmen of America.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Don Griffith, Hermon Griffith, Ed Griffith, Warren Griffith, Walter Griffith and Jack Griffith; and two sisters, Lucy Nash and Carlene Raines.

Survivors: wife of 40 years, Martha (Dot) Griffith; daughter, Debbie Griffith Tabor and husband, Donnie (Don), of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren, Matthew Austin Tabor and Kristen Renee Tabor; brother, Bob Griffith and wife, Virginia, of Castlewood; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. February 6 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Dan Webb officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to American Diabetes Association, Charleston WV Office, PO Box 238, Hurricane, WV 25526.

Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff is in charge of arrangements.

Margie Hagy

Margie Hagy, 94, of Cedar Bluff, died February 3.

Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff is serving the Hagy family.

Grace Clementine

Jackson Hale

Grace Clementine Jackson Hale, 101, of Marvin, died January 30 in a Richlands hospital following a long illness.

Born Nov. 1, 1906 in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Harve and Julia McGlothlin Jackson.

A lifelong resident of the area, she was of the Pentecostal faith and was a member of the Swords Creek Block Church. She was a devoted Christian and loved the Lord with all her heart. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing and canning.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Floyd Hale; eight children; four brothers, Jeff Jackson, Earl Jackson, Curtis Jackson and William Jackson; and five sisters, Bessie Hammons, Myrtle Hale, Ocie Robinson, Lydia Jackson and Mary Jackson. In her generation she was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Survivors: sons, Emery Hale and wife, Shirley, of Dunnellon, FL, Tivis Hale and wife, Pat, of Cleveland, OH, James Hale and wife, Nadine, of Windsor, OH, Nelson Hale and wife, Doris, of Orange, Larry Hale and wife, Brenda, of Cartersville, GA; daughters, Beatrice Baier and husband, Bill, of Windsor, OH, Maudine Cooper and husband, Sammy, of Pleasant City, OH, Shelby Deskins and husband, Eddie, of Marvin; special helpers, Shelby Keen, Jim Keen, Janice Keen, Audrey Deskins, Jeanie Keen, Tony Deskins and Roger Johnson; 32 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carl Robinson, Rev. James Horton and Rev. Ancil Childress officiating.

Interment followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

Jerry Wayne Lane

Jerry Wayne Lane, 44, of Rt. 2, Grundy, died January 31 at the Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, TN.

Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Estil Foundy and Kathleen Mullins Lane.

He was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and was of the Protestant Faith. He was a loving father, son and was a factory worker where he built furniture. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and digging ginseng.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Rocky Dean Lane.

Survivors: daughter, Ashley Renee Lane of Rt. 2, Grundy; son, Anthony Shawn Lane of Rt. 2, Grundy; sisters, Diane L. Dotson of Rt. 2, Grundy, Stefanie and husband, Johnny Stiltner, of Maxie; brother, Curtis and wife, Patricia Lane, of Tazewell; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

The funeral was conducted February 3 at 2 p.m. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Danny Hess officiating.

Burial followed in the Clevenger Cemetery on the Left Hand Fork of Belcher’s Fork.

A service was held at the funeral home February 2 at 7 p.m.

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Tresea Ann Church Lee

Tresea Ann Church Lee, 46, of Rt. 1, Vansant, went to be with the Lord, February 2 at the Bristol Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol, TN, following a brief illness.

Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of Martha Ann Duty Church, of Vansant, and the late Corbitt Stewart Church.

She was a resident of Buchanan County all of her life and was a lifelong member of Little Prater Church of Christ. She was a graduate of Grundy Senior High School Class of 1980, was a Licensed Cosmetologist and was on the Advisory Board for the Buchanan County Career & Technology Center. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and was the Owner/Operator of Tresea Lee’s Hair & Tanning.

Survivors: husband, Richard Dean Lee, of Vansant; sons, Matthew Cole Lee and Joshua Dean Lee, both of Vansant; special Godson, Jon Brown of Stacy; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gene Roland, Georgia Irene Lee of Compton Mountain; brother, Duane Stewart and wife, Susan Church, of Vansant; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted February 5 at 1 p.m. at the Little Prater Church of Christ with Evangelists: William L. Neeley, Dennis Wimmer, Mike Rife and Ken Runyon officiating.

Burial followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

Services were held February 4 at 7 p.m. at the church.

Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy was in charge of all arrangements.

Keister Lockhart

Keister Lockhart, 47, of North Tazewell, formerly of Buchanan County, died January 30 at the Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands, following a brief illness.

Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of Roosevelt and Christine Meadows Lockhart of North Tazewell.

He was a resident of Tazewell County most of his life, graduated from Tazewell High School in 1978 and was a member of the Community Heights Baptist Church, Cedar Bluff. He was a loving son, brother and was a former employee of Consolidated Coal Company.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Patty Lockhart Baker; maternal grandparents, Edd and Clarcey Meadows; and paternal grandparents, Abe and Mary Lockhart.

Survivors: brothers, Casper Lockhart of Notasulga, AL, Delnor and wife, Robin Lockhart, of North Tazewell; niece, Heather Lockhart; nephews, Eric Lockhart, Shaun Lockhart, Chris Lockhart and Hunter Lockhart; great-nephew, Christopher Zane Lockhart; and dear friends, Cathy Cassidy Lockhart and Nancy Cassidy.

The funeral was conducted February 2 at 1 p.m. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Allen Jessee and Edward Tiller officiating.

Burial followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill.

Services were held Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Martha Mae Moore

Martha Mae Moore, 59, of Doran, died January 30 in a Richlands hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Esther Jo Blankenship Deel.

She had made her home in the Buchanan and Tazewell County areas all of her life and was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Moore; one daughter, Pam Moore; one son, Richard Moore; and one brother, Bobby Deel.

Survivors: son, Jim Moore of Doran; sisters, Betty Osborne of Ohio, Patsy Looney of North Carolina; brother, Roger Deel of Richlands; and grandchildren, Sarah Moore and Brandon Moore.

The funeral was conducted February 1 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Mickey Hale officiating.

Interment followed at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

Mae Matney Ratliff

Mae Matney Ratliff, 77, of Vansant, died February 3 at the Buchanan General Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Miles and Jane Cantrell Matney.

She was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and was a member of Deel Church of Christ. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a wonderful homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Muncy Ratliff, December 5, 1989; two sons, Darrell Ratliff and James Ratliff; two sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors: daughter, Brenda and husband, Jerry Brown, of Doran; sons, Danny and wife, Barbara Ratliff, of Meadowview, Jack and wife, Patricia Ratliff, and Gary Lee Ratliff, all of Vansant; step-daughter, Betty Young of Oakwood; daughter-in-law, Colleen Ratliff of Vansant; grandchildren, Amy Campbell, Christopher Ratliff and Jessica Ratliff; great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Morgan and Mason Campbell; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted February 6 at 1 p.m. at the Deel Church of Christ with Evg. Fred Osborne and Bobby Yates officiating.

Burial will follow in the Deel Community Cemetery at Deel.

Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.

Julius H. “Butch”

Short, Jr.

Julius H. “Butch” Short, Jr., 58, of the Mudfork community of North Tazewell died January 31 at Tazewell Community Hospital.

Born October 13, 1949 in Iaeger, WV, he was a son of Marymarie Morgan Short of Tucson, AZ and the late Julius Herman Short, Sr.

He was of the Christian faith and accepted the Lord January 15, 2008 at his home. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved his animals. He often rescued animals who were abandoned or in need. He was the community handyman and was always willing to help those he could. He was employed for over 40 years with General Telephone, now Verizon, and was a member of the Communication Workers of America, Local #2276 and was past secretary/treasurer.

Additional survivors: wife, Linda Lawrence Short; daughter, Honey Sue Short-Bird and husband, Paul, of Dublin; special father and mother-in-law, Everett and Phyllis Hurd of North Tazewell; special grandmother, Pearl Simons; special sister-in-law, Sue Cain of North Tazewell; Tracie and Tammy Lewis of Tazewell, whom he consider as his special daughters; sister, Brenda K. Short of Port Charlotte, FL; brother, Perry L. Short of Tucson, AZ; and special nieces, Natasha Meade and Billie Brooks.

The funeral was conducted at 11 a.m. February 4 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Charlie McGlothlin and the Rev. Gordon McBride officiating.

Burial followed at Brown’s Chapel Cemetery at Stoney Ridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 395, Tazewell, VA 24651 or The Pet Haven Rescue Center, P.O. Box 24, Falls Mills, VA 24613.

James Steele White, II

James Steele White, II, 53, husband of Stephanie Davis White, of Walhalla, SC, died January 31 at his residence.

A native of Richlands, he was the son of Margie Jackson White of Jonesborough, TN and the late James Steele White, I.

He was employed by the SCDOT Oconee Maintenance Shop and foreman of the Bridge Crew. He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Biggerstaff Committee. He was manager of Magnolia Pecan Farms. He was a United States Army veteran.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by father-in-law, Charles E. “Joe” Davis.

Additional survivors: son, James Steele White, III and wife, Tabitha, of Richmond; daughters, Beth White Jackson and husband, Ron, Jr., of Garner, NC, Rebecca E. White of Dacusville, SC, Joezie Steele White, of the home; sisters, Sarah H. White of Johnson City, TN, Gayle White of Telford, TN; special sisters, April Collins of Telford, TN, DeAnne Hayes of Johnson City, TN; in-laws, Kay P. Davis of Lexington, SC, David Davis of Ouro Fino, Brazil, and Michael Davis of Winnsboro, SC; and grandson, Tyler Scott Jackson.

A memorial service was conducted at 10 a.m. February 2 from St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Magnolia Pecan Orchard in Barnwell, SC.

Memorials may be made to Biggerstaff Christian Retreat Shoreline Protection Project, 301 W. Main St., Walhalla, SC 29691 or David Davis Brazilian Street Children Mission Project, PO Box 1126, Marion, NC, 28752 or OMH Hospice Foundation, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

Davenport Funeral Home in Walhalla, SC was in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.davenportfuneralhome.com

Effie Rebecca Wimmer

Effie Rebecca Wimmer, 85, of Catawba, and formerly of the Whitewood area, died January 28 at her residence.

She was born August 23, 1922 in Whitewood to the late Zack and Nancy Jones Mitchell.

She was a member of the Westside Church of Christ in Salem. She worked for the Defense Plant in Bristol during WWII and was co-owner and operator in the motel business in Ocala, FL.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, William Ralph Wimmer; one brother, Arvel Mitchell; and three sisters, Cora Riffe, Edna Grubbs and Virginia Newberry.

Survivors: loving husband of 67 years, E.V. Wimmer; daughter, Deanna Wimmer Alexander; sisters, Ruby Rape and husband, Kenneth, and Shirley Tessier; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral was conducted February 2 at 11 a.m. in the Buchanan Funeral Service Chapel at Keen Mountain with Eddy Gilpin, Jeff Durham and Don Pettit officiating.

Burial followed at the Wimmer Family Cemetery on Compton Mountain.

Joseph Allen “Joe” Woodard

Joseph Allen “Joe” Woodard, 61, of Claypool Hill, died January 28 in a Richlands hospital.

Born December 20, 1946 in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Donald and Edna Yates Woodard.

He was a disabled United States Army Vietnam Veteran and a member of the DAV and VFW. He worked at Harman Mining Corporation for 22 years. He attended the Steelesburg United Methodist Church and was a member of various gospel singing groups.

Survivors: wife of 37 years, Teresa Woodard; sons, Chris Woodard and wife, Misty, of Claypool Hill, Kevin Woodard and wife, Gabriela, of Danville; brother, Jack Woodard of Bristol, VA; sister, Brenda Stiltner of Little Prater; grandson, Corin Woodard; and granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Woodard.

The funeral was conducted at 11 a.m. January 31 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff with Rev. J.C. Johnson, Rev. Paul Mays and Rev. Kevin Woodard officiating.

Entombment followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill.

Military graveside rites were conducted by the American Veterans Honor Guard Association.

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